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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Spartacus 3. Boonen 4. Vanmarcke 5. Thomas »

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  1. Cyclists require an abundance of stoopid, but in return are wiser above earth »

  2. I think we’re well placed for an article on Stoopidity »

The Kemmelberg is a brute. In my opinion, its the hardest of the cobbled climbs in the Spring Classics; it has a high speed tarmac approach that saps the guns of their snap. The transition from tarmac to cobbles is awful, the stones are very badly laid throughout and if you don’t hit it just right, you’ll come to a standstill. The cobbl...

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  1. ‘nother spin of the chocolate wheel… VSP PICKS: 1. Spartacus 2. Sagan 3. Cavendish 4. Boonen 5. Simon Yates (go OGE) »

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  1. As a physio (another life now) and taking all the above comments into account, including motor patterns, the “dead spot” is also that short period when one muscle group (either up or downstroke) finishes contracting and as it does so places the opposing m… »

Het Volk (it will always be Het Volk to me) and now the Strade Bianche may well mark the sentimental beginning to the season, but those are specialized, pre-season races that appeal mostly to riders who are preparing for bigger objectives later in the year, such as the Cobbled or Ardennes Classics. Same goes for Tirreno Adriatico and Paris-Nice; t...

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  1. Fab prizes! So, quick spin of the chocolate wheel and… VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Spartacus 3. Gerrans 4. Cavendish 5. Nibali »

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  1. @Barracuda Expect a cumpulsory acquisition order. This must be lost on non-Oz types. »

  2. @harminator  Vale Kirki, its always good to see pets mourned and  remembered as one of the family. Harminator, where abouts in Oz are you? – and don’t say Bonnie Doon »

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  1. 1000cc beemer is a lot of bike – my first was a 500 suzi thrashing machine. Speed is exhilarating, a celebration of being alive. Speed is fun. Speed + cornering is scary fun. But I also like Power, the parent of speed. When you can rise out of the saddle … »

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  1. @frank  True again sir. With age and struggle comes understanding of this. Doesn’t mean we can’t laugh about it. Rule #5 saves us. Fairy nuff? »

  2. @frank True, but if there was any justice in the universe the cycling fairy would decree that a headwind on the way out should theoretically/mathematically/whatever translate into a tailwind on the way back. ‘cept it often doesnt seem to work out that w… »

  3. @frank Frank, nice to make your acquaintance. Perhaps not quite so bad as London in winter where I lived for a while and it would start to get dark at 2.30pm. You’d come home, go for a run, come back, eat, think about bed, look at the clock and its 7.30…. »

  4. First days of autumn down under, heading into the dark. But your dark is darker than ours. Still 30 degrees (Celsius!) here. cry about it. Is it a truism that wind is invariably never a tailwind? »

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  1. First post, but been reading for a while.. you know. I rode a motor bike for many years as a youth and it teaches you to ride very defensively. Last accident on the mbike (only one so far on the bicycle) I had eye contact with the driver, then she pulled … »